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Showbox in Seattle
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12. Showbox in Seattle

Seattle is full of storied venues, but no theater can touch the 74-year-old Showbox – Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Dizzy Gillespie, the Ramones, Pearl Jam and M.I.A. have all played here. And that's not counting the tiny Green Room lounge, once a music shop where Sinatra and Nat King Cole gave intimate shows. When top L.A. promoter AEG Live bought the club in 2007, it smartly retained longtime general manager Jeff Steichen and talent buyer Chad Queirolo. "It's a cool old club, and it sounds great," says Pearl Jam's Mike McCready.

Capacity: 1,130

Website: http://www.showboxpresents.com

Fun Fact: In the late Seventies, just before the rock bands came in, the building was a Jewish bingo parlor called Talmud Torah.

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